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What I Wish I Knew: The Value of Integrity

What I Wish I Knew: The Value of Integrity

Where I am today has greatly been shaped by who I was when I started my photography career yet above everything, I’ve learned the most from the mistakes I made along the way. My story as a photographer started over ten years ago when I was just a teenager. My father bought me my first camera after I had obsessed over videography for some time. My passion for photography grew fast and eventually took over video. After a year of learning, I launched my first business. I was thrown in with the wolves, having no clue what I was doing.

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Sifting Through the Noise of Photography Education

Sifting Through the Noise of Photography Education

We live in an age where education is abundant. No matter what we want to learn about our photography business, from bookkeeping to social media marketing, from posing to shooting manual, there’s a class, a workshop or a guide to teach you! If you’re fairly new to the industry, you might not realize just how incredible this is… even as recently as ten years ago, these kinds of resources were still hard to find.

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What I Wish I Knew: Social Media Popularity Doesn't Always Translate Into Earning A Living

What I Wish I Knew: Social Media Popularity Doesn't Always Translate Into Earning A Living

I started my photography business back in 2007. At times, that seems like a million years ago. Blogs were a really big deal back then. When I would tell people that I had a blog, no one knew what that was. There was one family and children’s photography forum that was popular. If you wanted to know how to do something, you either had to go to one of the very few (almost nonexistent) workshops that were out there, or you had to summon all of your courage to email a photographer you admired. Flickr allows you a glimpse into the people behind the camera so you could gauge pretty well who would or would not answer your emailed questions. It was a very different time for photographers, making it hard for me to answer the ‘what I wish I knew’ question…Things are so different now that it would most likely not be relevant. I do know that many of the newer photographers who I mentor would benefit from knowing what it was like to market yourself back in those days.

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Coming Soon: Polished by Design

Coming Soon: Polished by Design

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What I Wish I Knew: Breaking the Awkward Barrier With Couples

What I Wish I Knew: Breaking the Awkward Barrier With Couples

Listen photographers, odds are the people you’re about to photograph don’t do this everyday. This is probably the first time they’ve been photographed since they were standing with one leg up against a tree in a park, dressed in an American Eagle polo, hair marinated in L.A Looks hair gel and being told to cross arms and look cool. So their experience in front of the camera isn’t the best. Fast forward 10 or so years and you’re asking them to kiss their fiancée in front of you as you get really close with your 35mm lens. See what I’m getting at?

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What To Do When Your Photos Are Stolen

What To Do When Your Photos Are Stolen

The Internet. It’s been great for photographers. Easy exposure. Websites. Blogs. And all the forms of social media extends your reach even more. So many options and opportunities for your images, your hard work, to be appreciated. And stolen...

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Boudoir Spotlight: Briana Morrison

Boudoir Spotlight: Briana Morrison

We're always excited to spotlight our favorite photographers and share their insight and beautiful work with our audience! Today we are featuring the lovely Briana Morrison. Enjoy~

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Fearless Marketing with Jaclyn Carlson of Blog Society Pt. 3

Fearless Marketing with Jaclyn Carlson of Blog Society Pt. 3

If all your social media followers disappeared tomorrow (and they could) - what would you be left with - and what impact would that have on your business? Consider your social media community rented - your email list is owned property. See the difference?  Both areas of marketing are important but you need to know how to leverage both and email marketing shouldn’t be forgotten. Take it seriously and you will reap the benefits.

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What To Wear: Wedding Photographer Edition

What To Wear: Wedding Photographer Edition

We’re not going to say that what you wear to capture a once in a lifetime event is as important as your camera, your lenses, and the education and soul behind them. BUT at the same time, show up to your event a wrinkled mess, hair a muss, and shoes a-flippin’ and a-floppin’, and yeah, the fact you’re the BEST in your market is not going to make much of a difference to your embarrassed clients and their shocked guests.

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What I Wish I Knew: Great Editing Starts With Great Light

What I Wish I Knew: Great Editing Starts With Great Light

You know that photographer whose work you love? You know how you’ve spent hours trying to figure out how they edit but you can never quite nail it? There’s a reason for that. You can study the editing all you want but the truth is that you may never be able to replicate it if you study that alone. Great editing starts with great light. It starts before the image is brought on to the computer. The lighting decisions you make on set can mean the difference between being able to edit the image to how you want it to look or hitting a wall. If you’re trying to figure out how to achieve a certain editing look, study the light in those images first before you even start digging into the tones, contrast, etc.

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